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Luca Foresta, our Aouda.X analog astronaut suit tester, has been out to the banks of the Sill river in Innsbruck to collect a rock for the ‘Earth Master Sample’ project.
First, Luca took a wide shot to show the general location:
He included our social media team leader, Olivia Haider, in the shot to show the scale:
Next, he selected a suitable candidate rock, about the size of his fist, and took a close-up picture with his phone to give an idea of the scale.
Luca collected his selected rock. The Earth Master Sample team requests fist-sized samples to make sure that the geologists that will be analysing the rocks have enough material to work with.
Luca put the sample into a clean plastic bag to protect it during its journey to its destination.
Using a permanent marker, he wrote the coordinates, the date and the time on the plastic bag…
… and sent it to the Austrian Space Forum to form part of the Earth Master Sample! All the rocks submitted will be analysed by our geologists, then a small piece from each will be ground into a powder and mixed together to form the Earth Master Sample. This will be mingled with a fragment of a Mars meteorite, melted down and crafted into commemorative crystals by the company Swarovski. The crystals will be presented to decision makers and heads of space agencies around the world – by submitting a rock, you are adding your voice to the message that analogue research and future exploration of Mars matters and is something that the public supports.
This article is available in: German
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